Ross Annels, Cooroora Institute (Studio Furniture 2018)

Ross is a studio furniture maker, wood artist and sculptor. Ross’s childhood was in mill towns amidst the tall eucalypt forests of Western Australia, and after studying in the biological sciences, philosophy and in design, and working in academic and corporate roles, he has spent the last twenty years practising his craft, regenerating rainforest and caring for country and kin in subtropical Queensland, Australia. He co-directs the Cooroora Institute: sharing the song of the earth through creative practice, and bringing together artists, musicians and intellectuals interested in the artistry of place. His work investigates the partnerships that become possible in the making with natural materials and ways to express the many more-than-human creative practices in the world. Birdsong becomes furniture, wood grain becomes block prints, leaves become copper sculptures; the politics of humanity rewoven into the ecology of the earth. Ross says, "I hope by building collaborative practice with other artists and with the places we inhabit we might all be inspired to step more joyfully and lightly upon this world, to which all life is inextricably and indivisibly bound." Ross makes work for exhibition, for public spaces and for Australian and international clients, combining traditional making techniques with innovative contemporary designs. Ross has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Canada, and his work is in homes and private collections around the world. Website: https://www.cooroorainstitute.org/